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Missouri SATOP Weekend Intervention Program (SATOP WIP)

*Introduction to the Missouri SATOP Weekend Intervention Program (WIP)*

The Missouri Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) Weekend Intervention Program (WIP) is a program level designed for repeat Missouri driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) offenders, and “high risk” first-time Missouri DWI and DUI offenders. The WIP uses intensive education and counseling intervention methods over a marathon weekend of structured activities. The program is conducted in a restrictive environment, often at a hotel.

*The purpose and content of the Missouri SATOP WIP*

The Weekend Intervention Program is an intervention and education program conducted in 48 consecutive hours in a restrictive environment generally over one weekend. The SATOP WIP uses a course curriculum approved by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

The SATOP WIP program is designed primarily for second-time DWI offenders or those identified during the SATOP screening process as being at risk for abusing substances. The purpose of the SATOP WIP is to heighten the offender’s awareness of the negative consequences of alcohol and/or drug usage in their lives.

SATOP WIP activities include assessment, a medical need screen, group education, individual sessions, and other intervention and confrontational activities designed to make the offender assess his/her personal responsibility in the area of impaired driving. While some counseling techniques are used during the SATOP WIP, methods designed to reduce or eliminate the offenders’ anxiety related to DUI/DWI behavior generally are not employed as the SATOP WIP is intended to assist the offender to “feel the heat” and motivate them to make change in their lives.

A goal of the Missouri SATOP WIP is for participants to accept referral for additional services (counseling and/or self-help programs) after the SATOP WIP program.

*How much does the SATOP WIP cost?*

A WIP fee of $400 paid by the offender covers the cost of this service. These costs can be partially offset for certain individuals who meet financial requirements through the Department’s Standard Means Test. Programs must contract through the Department for reimbursement of these services.